Dr. Liliana Sacarin is one of fewer than six practitioners in the US trained in the Tomatis ® Method by Dr. Alfred Tomatis. She has also trained in the vast majority of sound stimulation programs developed by others which are based on Dr. Tomatis’ approach.
For over twenty years, Dr. Sacarin has used her qualifications to enhance children’s and adults’ learning and social interaction skills. Her expertise is in effectively integrating Tomatis-Auditory Training, Psycho-Motor Integration®, neuro-biologically-founded educational consulting, with parent mentoring/coaching. While some of her clients have been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities and SI disorders, others attend her educational and professional excellence training programs.
While residing in Europe, Dr. Sacarin’s extensive training and certification in the Tomatis ® Method was under the direction of and with Dr. Alfred Tomatis himself. Her training in Sensory Integration was with Inge Flehmig, MD, PhD, a leading German child neurologist and author. Dr. Sacarin continued training with Dr. Tomatis, earning her Audio-Vocal Training certificate, and engaging in case study sessions conducted by Dr. Tomatis highlighting the various treatment applications of his technique
Before moving to the US, Dr. Sacarin’s professional expertise included:
- Senior therapist in the educational-psychological department at the Neuro-Pediatric Development Institute, Hamburg
- Leading therapist in the educational-psychological department at the Developmental Pediatric Clinic, Berlin
- Senior lecturer – led workshops and training for professionals at Dr Flehmig’s Professional Training Institute in Neuro-Pediatrics and Child Development, Hamburg
Following a degree from the University of Bucharest, Romania, Dr. Sacarin earned her Masters Degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Two major areas of focus were:
- learning disabilities – relevance and applications of neuro-psychological/neuro-biological foundation of learning in work with learning challenged
- sensory-motor development and neuro-cognitive processes – the role of movement in the maturity of cognitive, emotional, and social competency
Her Masters thesis addressed children with developmental disabilities comparing traditional medical and neuro-developmental/educational, drug-free treatments. It points to the major role of developing alternative treatments and educational programs which help optimize motor, listening, and organizational skills.
After relocating to the United States, Dr. Sacarin’s experience includes:
Founder and president of the Sacarin Center with offices in Seattle and Bellevue: Dr. Sacarin Listening, Movement and Development Center PS. Inc.
Dr. Sacarin’s Center serves children and adults state wide, nationally, and through a collaboration project helps children who come to us from Vancouver/Canada. She continues to be an international speaker and offers workshops for educators, physicians, therapists in the US and Europe.
Dr. Sacarin achieved a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on child-neuro-development from Antioch University in Seattle.
Dr. Sacarin continuously renews and perfects her parent mentoring/coaching, and her group leadership techniques. She has been trained as a virtual group lead with Rundi Sigmund EdD (i.e. leading telecourses), and as a listening, and parenting/educational coach with Ben Dean, PhD at Mentorcoach®. Mentorcoach®, directed by Dr. Dean, is a leading national organization which “trains accomplished clinicians to become extraordinary coaches”.
Dr. Sacarin has trained and is certified with Doctors Val and Sue Brown in NeuroCARE Pro – a Nonlinear Dynamics Neurofeedback approach. She regularly attends neuroscience conferences on the latest brain research and methodological and technological development. She is committed to offering every client the complete Tomatis Effect intervention and the most efficient sequence of educational/developmental and family systemic approaches using the latest knowledge, cutting edge equipment and proven technology. Quantitative EEG is one of the tools she has used with the scope to further understand the effects of sound stimulation programs such as the Tomatis Method. In addition to cognitive attentional and behavioral measures she used for the first time qEEG recordings in a controlled group-design study with children diagnosed with ADD. Children in the Tomatis treatment group showed statistically significant changes in their performance after completing the first phase of the program. The controls, who did not receive sound stimulation, did not show statistically significant changes when comparing their performance on the above measures.
Studies and Publications
In the July, 1999 issue of Medical Journal of Pediatrics (Germany), Dr. Sacarin published together with Amadeus Hartwig, MD, PhD, a study of 90 children whom she tested (using intelligence, auditory/visually processing, and motor tests) and worked with. The study pointed to a significant relationship between movement development, auditory and visual processing difficulties, and learning disabilities, suggesting a number of effective, drug-free therapeutic and educational approaches.
In 2013 her doctoral dissertation: Early Effects of the Tomatis Listening Method in Children with Attention Deficit, was published.